Wings of Ra (Red Tiger): Overview
It doesn’t feel long since we reviewed the last Egyptian themed slot from Red Tiger. That one, Jewel Scarabs, focused on a more humble subject, the lowly yet revered scarab beetle. Red Tiger’s new slot Wings of Ra elevates the action using mysterious Pharaohs and Gods. This theme might have been done plenty of times before, but it just keeps coming back. We have slots like the ‘Book of’ series to thank for that, and this new one, Wings of Ra is rather reminiscent of that classic range. Not saying it’s a clone at all, but Wings of Ra has more than a few nods to the Book range, and classic slot gaming in general.
It’s not just the name that brings to mind an older age of gaming. The look is nice, but not as ultra-modern as say, the latest Play’n GO Egyptian creations, for example. It’s a bit more basic than that, more function over form if you will. In this particular case, the 5 reel, 3 row game area is set in a temple-like structure, but one that looks more Las Vegas flavoured Ancient Egypt rather than the real deal. It’s too clean, too sterile looking. There’s no real magic to it. You can imagine buff dudes in period costumes walking out from behind pillars to charge tourists a dollar for a photo with them. Either way, players get started by set bets which range from 10 p/c up to £/€20 per spin - betting options might have increased since Jewel Scarabs, but every other stat has been dropped. RTP is down slightly to 95.69% while volatility feels softer and overall potential has taken a hit – more on that later.
For now, the aim of the game is landing matching symbols of three or more on a payline. There are 10 fixed paylines, and they light up in an old school fashion when winners land on them. Here is the first twist. Instead of having to land from the first reel, combinations can land anywhere. That could be the first three reels, or the middle, or the last three. It’s a nice touch, though unusually positioned combinations don’t seem to land all that often.
Wings of Ra is also a game where full grids of symbols are not only possible but land a lot more often than you are probably used to. Another nod to the Ra series occurs when opening up the paytable. The low pay 10 – A royals use pretty much the same font as the Book of Ra Deluxe version does. After that bunch, we get an eye symbol, that bird god Horus, a Nefertiti looking ruler, and a pharaoh. The pharaoh pays out the most, at 30 times the stake for a line of five. Interestingly, there is no wild symbol in the game, though there is a scatter, let’s take a look.
Wings of Ra (Red Tiger): Features
Making up for the omission of a wild is the Mystery Coin symbol. As you might imagine, when these symbols land on the reels, they all spin and reveal the same random symbol. It can be a little tantalising, because when they spin they show several kinds of regular pay symbols before settling on the chosen one.
Mystery Symbols also play another role during free spins. The Free Spins symbol is the scatter, and 3 or more anywhere in view trigger the bonus game - this consists of 12, 15, or 18 free spins when 3, 4, or 5 scatters land in view. What makes free spins special is that whenever Mystery Symbols land, they begin to fill a progress bar that sits on top of the reels. When 14 Mystery Symbols land, the progress bar is filled. This will transform the lowest paying symbol into Mystery Symbols for the remainder of the free spins, and the bar is emptied.
This process continues to fill the bar and convert the lowest symbols until the free spins end. Obviously, the more low pay symbols that are converted, the better the chances of landing higher paying combos. This is because higher paying symbols increase in frequencies, but also because the number if Mystery Symbols can really rack up in number.
Wings of Ra (Red Tiger): Verdict
Wings of Ra is a passable game; one that pays homage to older, more successful slots that came before. It won’t shake things up like Book of Ra did, for example, but it has a few things that fans of the genre might appreciate. The first is its classic slot vibe. It might look new enough, but things like the winning payline effect give it a retro(ish) touch. Secondly, the land-anywhere-winners are fun, though they don’t seem to come into play as often as you might think, or hope for. In fact, wins, in general, are somewhat disappointing. The first stab of disenchantment occurs when you get your first full grid – usually thanks to Mystery Symbols. A triumphant fist pump quickly turns to ‘oh man, really?’ when the value is tallied up and paid out.
It’s not rare to land full grids of symbols during free spins, or at least get close often. This is due to the sheer number of Mystery Symbols that can appear during the round. However, full grids aren’t worth a whole lot of coins on their own. In fact, the highest paying symbol will net you a mere 300 times the stake (as opposed to 5,000x in Book of Ra Deluxe). The overall potential isn’t overly exciting either at 3,166 times the stake. Not bad, but a quick scroll through Red Tigers’ game line up for Jewel Scarabs quickly eclipses that figure. All up, Wings of Ra is okay, it has its minor moments of innovation, but it leaves you wanting more once the session is done.
Wings of Ra has a couple of good points, and makes reverential references to older Egyptian themed slots but is ultimately a little too hollow.